Pumpkin Spice Everything! 16 Essential Pumpkin Treats in Tucson

Underrated pumpkin goodies that you can find locally to celebrate the season and get you in the fall mood.

Last modified on October 29th, 2018 at 10:58 am

Yes, pumpkin spice can be considered basic AF, but there’s a time and place for seasonal treats.

We don’t get giddy at the release of Starbucks’ famous drink or buy everything orange-colored and pumpkin flavored at Trader Joe’s. But there are a few seasonal pumpkin goodies that you can find locally to celebrate the season and get you in the fall mood.

Pumpkin Butter at Apple Annie’s Orchard

2081 W. Hardy Rd., Willcox, AZ, 85643

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The first place on this list is technically not Tucson, but it’s only a little over an hour east, so we’ll count it anyway.

Pick apples, explore the pumpkin patch, shop, and eat farm-fresh products galore at Apple Annie’s Orchard. Plus, visiting a pumpkin patch is a quintessential fall bucket list item.

While you’re there, be sure to explore the country store and pick up some Pumpkin Butter to take home with you. It’s creamy, sweet, and bursting with Pumpkin flavor.

For more information, visit appleannies.com.

Pumpkin Spice Liege Waffles at Baja Cafe

7002 E. Broadway Blvd. • 2970 N. Campbell Ave. • 3930 W. Ina Rd. Ste. 322

Liege Waffles — compared to the ever-popular Belgian variety — are made with the addition of pearl sugar, giving little bursts of sugar as you eat your way through the waffle.

Classic Tucson brunch joint, Baja Cafe, has elevated their fall menu with the inclusion of Pumpkin Spice Liege Waffles. Don’t miss these!

For more information, visit bajacafetucson.com.

Pumpkin Pie Snow at Bing’s Boba Tea

2510 N. Campbell Ave. • 2040 W. Orange Grove Rd. Ste. 104

Fall in Tucson can be tricky. Colder mornings and midday heat exist together. Some days, it feels too warm to grab a hot drink. Enter the Pumpkin Pie Snow from Bing’s Boba Tea.

This blended drink tastes just like a slice of pumpkin pie but will cool you down. Add your favorite toppings like jelly and boba, or whipped cream and cinnamon.

For more information, visit bingsbobatea.com.

Pumpkin Spice Latte at Cafe con Leche

1439 S. 4th Ave.
Pumpkin Spice Latte at Cafe con Leche (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Pumpkin Spice Latte at Cafe con Leche (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Tucked inside the American Eat Co. food hall, you’ll find Cafe con Leche. The shipping-container sized coffee shop features tasty coffee beverages and fresh pan dulce.

This October, they are featuring a special fall flavor — you guessed it — pumpkin spice. Sip on this latte and enjoy the subtle pumpkin and fall spice, and actually enjoy it because there’s nothing cloying or overly sweet about this tasty beverage.

Keep up with Cafe con Leche on Facebook.

Pumpkin Stout at Crooked Tooth Brewing

228 E. Sixth St.

Cheers to the pumpkin beer that inspired this guide.

Recently, I was with some of the Tucson Foodie staff at an event where local brewery, Crooked Tooth, was pouring some of their tasty brews. I was skeptical of the Pumpkin Porter they had that night, but after one sip I was hooked.

We went back to the taproom to confirm — and photograph — the Pumpkin Porter from Crooked Tooth. It’s worth a try if you’re craving a pumpkin drink with more kick than caffeine.

Keep up with Crooked Tooth on Facebook

Pumpkin Tamales at El Charro

311 N. Court Ave. • 6910 E. Sunrise Dr. • 7725 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley

A true seasonal southwestern treat, pumpkin tamales begin popping up come October. Fans wait all year to savor these sweet, yet savory treats.

Be warned: you won’t find pumpkin tamales on the standard menu, so be sure to call in your special order if you’re looking to snag a few. And do it soon — these sell out fast.

For more information, visit elcharrocafe.com.

Pumpkin Empanadas at La Estrella

5266 S. 12th Ave. • 120 S. Avenida del Convento Ste. 100

La Estrella kills it in the pan dulce department. It’s no surprise that their empanadas have an almost cult-like following here in Tucson.

Pumpkin empanadas are available year round, but fall is when they are the most coveted. The pastry isn’t overly sweet and has a nice buttery flake to it. This complements the dense pumpkin spice filling.

It’s a nice alternative to the traditional — very sweet and fruity — empanadas that you can find at La Estrella as well.

For more information, visit laestrellabakeryincaz.com

Pumpkin Pancakes at First Watch

4775 E. Grant Rd. • 5350 E. Broadway Blvd. Ste. 102 • 7189 E. Speedway Blvd. • 5055 N. Oracle Rd. • 10565 N. Oracle Rd. Ste. 103

Pumpkin pancakes for everyone!

With four locations in Tucson and one in Oro Valley, First Watch has a convenient location for everyone in town. Head there for a tower of pumpkin pancakes, and feel good while you’re filling up.

A portion of profit from every pumpkin pancake order goes to charity because First Watch has partnered with “No Kid Hungry.” Every kid should have access to food — and pumpkin spice pancakes.

For more information, visit firstwatch.com

Pumpkin Gelato at Frost

2905 E. Skyline Dr. • 7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd. • 7131 N. Oracle Rd. Ste. 101 •

How about Pumpkin for dessert? Or pumpkin for a midday treat? Or for breakfast, who are we kidding?

Indulge in pumpkin gelato from Frost this year. For dessert — or any time of day — you can take this tasty treat home with you in a pint to indulge by the spoonful whenever the craving strikes.

For more information, visit: frostgelato.com

Pumpkin Spice Infusion Beer at Pueblo Vida

115 E. Broadway Blvd.
Pumpkin Spice Hefeweizen infusion at Pueblo Vida Brewing Co. (Photo courtesy of Pueblo Vida Brewing Co.)

Pumpkin Spice Hefeweizen infusion at Pueblo Vida Brewing Co. (Photo courtesy of Pueblo Vida Brewing Co.)

Be warned: if you want to try the pumpkin spice infusion beer from Pueblo Vida you may have to take a sick day. Or at least leave work early — this beer is going to go fast.

It’s part of the weekly infusion series at Pueblo Vida, and the beers always sell out quickly. So chances are it’s going to be only available for the day. But, honestly, you look like you could use a beer-drinking sick day.

The Pueblo Vida Pumpkin Spice Hefeweizen Infusion will be available at 4 p.m. on October 30 until it runs out.

For more information, visit pueblovidabrewing.com.

Pumpkin Pancakes at Robert’s Restaurant

3301 E. Grant Rd.

For just $2.25, check out Robert’s Restaurant for your fill of pumpkin pancakes.

This classic Tucson joint has killer daily specials which, during the month of October, usually include these tasty pumpkin pancakes. The pancakes are fluffy and well spiced — douse them in a copious amount of maple syrup.

For more information, visit robertstucson.com

Pumpkin & Pecan Cannoli at Sauce Pizza & Wine

2990 N. Campbell Ave. • 5285 E. Broadway Blvd. • 6450 E. Grant Rd. • 7117 N. Oracle Rd.

Sauce Pizza & Wine has a pretty stellar lineup of fall menu specials. Try the squash pizza with cranberries, their creamy pastas, and tasty appetizers — all look tantalizing. But it’s the pumpkin and pecan cannoli that truly screams “fall” to us. A delicate yet crisp cannoli shell cracks open to reveal generous pumpkin filling. Move over pumpkin pie, these cannoli are a true craving.

For more information, visit saucepizzaandwine.com

Pumpkin Horchata at Seis Kitchen

1765 E. River Rd. •  130 S. Avenida del Convento Ste. 100

For a true southwest fall moment, check out the pumpkin horchata from Seis Kitchen. This is another ‘pumpkin pie in-a-glass’ option. The cinnamon — from the house-made horchata — compliments the savory pumpkin beautifully. This drink might even turn pumpkin haters into pumpkin fans.

For more information, visit seiskitchen.com.  

Country Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream at Sullivan’s

6444 N. Oracle Rd.

If you haven’t checked out Sullivan’s, stop by for house-made ice-cream in a classic ice cream parlor setting ASAP.

Sullivan’s makes the ice cream in house, right on premises, and it’s incredibly tasty. The ice cream has the highest percentage of milk-fat in town — something you probably didn’t even know you wanted, but you do.

If you’re feeling inspired, try the pumpkin flavor and have them turn it into a classic sundae.

For more information, visit sullivanseateryandcreamery.com

Pumpkin Scone at The Chocolate Iguana

431 N. Fourth Ave.

The Chocolate Iguana has settled into their new home on Fourth Avenue, and they’ve brought all their sweets and pastries with them.

The house-made pumpkin scone — a menu highlight each year — is crumbly and delicious in every way that a scone should be. They are also covered in a pumpkin icing that truly takes the scones to the next level.

The Chocolate Iguana makes a fresh batch daily, so be sure to call ahead to reserve yours before they run out.

To reserve your scone, reach them on (520) 798-1211 or for more information, visit chocolateiguanaon4th.com

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream at The Hub

266 E. Congress St.

You know what might be better than pumpkin ice cream? Pumpkin spice latte ice cream.

This ice cream gives you all the flavor and #fallfeels. It’s also available in ice cream bar form to change things up.

For more information, visit hubicecream.com

Do you have a favorite pumpkin item in town? Let us know in the comments.

Melissa hails from Brooklyn where she worked for a whole animal craft butchery company. She is now a professional Instagrammer in Tucson and believes everything is better in taco form. Follow her Instagram adventures on @mstihl.
  • Shirley Fitzpatrick

    The pumpkin coffee cake at Coco’s on Oracle is delicious.

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